Every year it seems the Baltimore Ravens find a new underdog Quarterback in training camp that the fans go crazy. It was Bryn Renner in 2015, Josh Johnson in 2016, and now it is Josh Woodrum. What these players have in common is that none of them will make the Ravens final 53 any time soon.
This years’ preseason darling, Woodrum, received lots of praise for his performance in the first preseason game. This 33 yard touchdown pass to undrafted rookie receiver Tim White especially impressed fans. After a similarly successful outing in week two, many called for Woodrum to receive first team reps over the struggling Ryan Mallett.
Those fans got their wish, but it appears the Genie misheard them a bit. In Woodrum’s first outing, he took over from Ryan Mallett during the second quarter. Woodrum went 3/5 for 15 yards over three drives. As uninspiring as those numbers are, it was this moment at the end of his first drive that did him in.
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Woodrum stayed in until the fourth quarter until veteran Thadd Lewis relieved him. Woodrum could not seem to regain the third string stardom he projected in his first two games. An incredible interception by Jaylen Hill allowed Woodrum to find the end zone late in the third quarter. He threw a 16 yard touchdown pass to Taquan Mizzell. Woodrum’s performance in the second half may have been enough to earn him a spot on the practice squad. The Ravens may even choose to keep three quarterbacks on the roster because of Flacco’s back injury. However, the hopes of Woodrum taking over the QB2 spot from Ryan Mallett will need to pause for now.
On a better note, Baltimore’s defense took Woodrum’s ineffective play in stride. The defense continued to confirm the view of many that it will be an elite unit this year.